Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane

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Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. Arrange to visit Black Stupa (That Dam) and other attractions in Vientiane using our Vientiane online tour itinerary planner .
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  • not so much to see in this square (beside the stupa itself) but while roaming in downtown you should stop by and take 10 - 20 minutes to admire this black stupa ! now many people go there (at least wh...  more »
  • Laos remains containing Buddhist legend gokoku. Legend has it that I keep trying to go to Laos. Originally it was the Golden gold leaf, Thailand invaded when gold was a black light like a flaky right now. So blame the black mean is called the fence called complexes. Note that the blame is Buddha God refers to the Sari Temple pagoda. Thailand is called the Phra, Laos, just told me to blame.
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  • It is hard to describe this place. At the middle of "nowhere", roundabout. Simply walk past...during my own walking tour.  more »
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  • Interesting area of town. A nice quiet place to contemplate things. That Dam has a more authentic feel to it - it is not well kept.
  • interesting early temple mound in the middle of vientiane. nice place to stop for a few minutes and relax. there was an entire village/city like this, probably similar to Chiang Mai Thailand, was here at one time. in the area are a few murals on adjacent streets, rues, on the walls that are interesting. if you walk around this area towards the morning market the and C.O.P.E. center you will see many; take the side streets as they tend not to be on the main avenues.
  • We walked past it on the way to the Patuxay monument. Not much to see other than this old stuppa. Wouldn't bother if you had to go out of your way.
  • Walk around it. It's a historic spot. But a few cafes and restaurants around here to enjoy your coffee too.
  • A little ugly, to be honest

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